Women’s Justice Leadership Panel


This panel, chaired by Community Safety Minister, Ash Regan, has been established to address gender inequality and improving women’s experiences within the justice system. The panel met for the first time in January 2022 and will continue to meet up to summer 2022 after which it will publish a report of its findings. 

Members of the panel will examine the experiences of women as both victims and offenders in a range of settings including policing, community justice, criminal and civil courts, tribunals and prisons.

Key issues for the panel include:

  • how women experience the Scottish justice system differently from men, in what ways their needs are not being met and how it impacts on them
  • international and UK examples where women’s needs are more appropriately met
  • how to address under-representation of women in senior leadership roles and how this impacts on the culture in justice organisations

review of existing statistical evidence on women’s experience of the justice system to support the work of the panel has been published.


  • Ash Regan, Minister for Community Safety
  • Ruth Charteris QC, Solicitor General
  • Jacqueline Clinton, Scottish Prisons Service
  • Ch Supt Linda Jones, Police Scotland
  • Rose McConnachie, Head of learning, development and innovation at Community Justice Scotland
  • Jen Ang, Director of Development and Policy Scottish Women's Right Centre/Just Right
  • Harriet Wistrich, Director, Centre for Women’s Justice
  • Professor Vanessa Munro, University of Warwick, School of Law
  • Mariam Ahmed,Chief Executive Officer for Amina Muslim Women’s Resource Centre


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